I taught his son (one of his sons - I'm uncertain how many he had amongst the six children) many years ago. The father and mother, whom I met a couple of times at parents' evenings, were unassuming and pleasant.
"Colemanballs" I believe was a term invented by the man himself to describe his occasionally less-than-happy on-air phrases.
I am now able to clarify: I taught Michael, the youngest of David's three sons and his fifth child.
It was perhaps typical of the man that when he retired from the BBC after the 2000 Summer Olympics, there was, at his request, no tribute or recognition, though in May 2011, The Quite Remarkable David Coleman, a celebration of his life, was aired just after his 85th birthday.
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